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March 12, 2024updated 13 Mar 2024 9:43am

The best property lawyers 2024

By Spear's

Whether dealing in commercial properties, mixed-use developments or super-prime homes, the best property lawyers are trusted to advise high-net-worth clients throughout the lengthy and complex process of buying, building and selling real estate. 

Working with clients in the UK, Middle East and elsewhere, the advisers selected for the Spear’s Property Lawyers Index 2024 represent an extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge. 

Property lawyers are essential when addressing issues including planning and environmental law, lease extensions, refinancing and freehold enfranchisement. They will also be experienced in ensuring transactions are structured in a tax efficient manner. 

The best property lawyers can preempt problems and resolve them when they arise, ensuring that their client’s best interests are always front of mind. 

Best property lawyers: new names to know

There are nine new additions to the Spear’s Property Lawyers Index 2024, as well as two new faces in Top Flight. For a full list of the advisers included view the table below or visit Here are just some of the names to know:

Saskia Arthur

Saskia Arthur, Boddle Hatfield

Firm: Boodle Hatfield
Ranking: Top Flight

With a client base including domestic and foreign national HNWs, families and their private offices, Boodle Hatfield’s Saskia Arthur acts on all major property matters, from sales and purchases of high-value residential property to landed estates and commercial farming operations. She also advises on issues connected to the day-to-day management of large properties.

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Alastair Hargreaves

Firm: Ferbrache & Farrell
Ranking: Recommended (New for 2024)

A founder, practising solicitor and the managing partner of Ferbrache & Farrell LLP, Hargreaves has a reputation for being a proactive and commercially astute problem-solver. His background is in real estate, in particular, matters relating to commercial property, planning and environmental law, while his practice also includes housing law, immigration and private client advice. 

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Goli-Michelle Banan

Firm: Lawrence Stephens
Ranking: Top Recommended (New)

Drawing on more than a decade of experience in the prime and central London property markets, Banan now operates nationally, dealing with country property and landed estates, city homes and apartments, the acquisition of commercial or mixed use land for residential redevelopment, financing and property portfolios, concentrating on homes in the £4-£10 million range.

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Rosie McCormick Paice

Firm: Edwin Coe
Ranking: Recommended (New)

Head of Residential Property, McCormick Paice joined Edwin Coe in 2018 from Pemberton Greenish where she had been a partner.

Known for her ‘can do attitude’, McCormick Paice specialises in transactional work involving high value residential properties in Prime Central London as well as country houses, equestrian properties, farms and estates for a mix of high-net-worth individuals plus developers and investors.

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Hazel Shakur-Quinn

Firm: Dentons
Ranking: Recommended

A senior legal consultant based in Dentons’ Dubai office, Shakur Quinn has 22 years’ experience providing clients with strategic and practical solutions on complex real estate matters in the UK, UAE and the wider Middle East. Recognised as a tough negotiator, during her time in the Middle East, Shakur Quinn has led a number of ‘trophy asset’ deals and ‘first-of-their- kind’ transactions. One business referred to her as the ‘real estate strategy whisperer’.

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In selecting and ranking property lawyers, the Spear’s Research Unit conducts extensive research of the market, including interviews with well-informed observers, industry insiders and of course the advisers themselves. These take place both face-to-face, and on video and telephone calls. Candidates for inclusion are asked to fill in a form to provide data and a description of their work and client base. In finalising its selections and rankings, the Spear’s Research Unit employs a proprietary methodology that includes a weighted scoring system. This takes into account factors including an adviser’s standing, reputation, client base, recommendations and testimonials, the firm they represent, their level of engagement with the process and certain industry-specific criteria.

Best property lawyers: the complete list

Click on the individual names to be directed to more detailed profiles of each adviser in the digital version of the Spear’s 500.

Find out more

To explore all the Spear’s indices, and to use our find-an-adviser tool to identify the private client adviser who is right for your specific requirements, go to the Spear’s 500 website.

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